Fog, mist, rain, Cornish mizzle, drizzle and dense low cloud, the 2016 RNAS Culdrose Air Day had it all.

Unfortunately due to the bad weather it lacked a flying display leaving the thousands of visitors who had braved the conditions disappointed. The Fly Navy Heritage Trust’s De Havilland Sea Vixen D3 XP924 made it as far as Falmouth Bay before having to return to Yeovilton, so the flying was limited to 6 Hawk T Mk1s of 736 Naval Air Squadron returning from operational sorties and a handful of the intended display aircraft heading home in the late afternoon.

The organisers made valiant efforts throughout the day to try to make some sort of flying display happen but when this became impossible it was arranged for a trio of the Sea Harriers that are kept in fully working order, but with engine limiters to prevent flight, by the RN School of Flight Deck Operations to perform some taxies and turns along the runway, it was great to hear the high pitched Rolls Royce Pegasus turbofan engines again.

Here is a small selection of images from the 2016 RNAS Culdrose Air Day, I used my normal FujiFilm X-T1 for the static images and dusted off the trusty Canon EOS 400D with the EF 100-400 zoom lens for some extra reach when required;